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Blade February 2021

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BLADE magazine is the world’s #1 knife publication, covering all aspects of the industry: knifemaking, how-to’s, collecting, legislation and knife rights, and much more. Inside each issue you’ll find: Coverage of the hottest and most collectible handmade knives and their values Complete listings of the industry's most important shows and events Knife collecting tips from the experts The most up-to-date knife legislation info

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13 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
[ readers respond ]

The Herron Ideal In my humble opinion, the hunting knives of BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member George Herron are ideal in design (“How To Collect Custom Hunters,” part two, October BLADE®). I like his blades, handle shapes/designs and their overall size. His knives are not too heavy and feel good in the hand. I’ve hunted all my life and I don’t like a hunting knife with a blade longer than 4 inches. Personally, 3.5 inches is ideal for me. This is just an opinion and not intended to knock anyone else. Zane Blackwell, knifemaker, Eden, Texas David Steele Remembered I was absolutely delighted to read BLADE® field editor Kim Breed’s comments about his Fer-De-Lance knife and the late David Steele in a past issue of BLADE. David was a good friend, mentor and prolific writer who…

1 min.
[ cover story ]

A bevy of EDC knives graces the cover of our special EDC issue: the CRKT CEO, V Nives Killabite, Hogue Knives First Response Trauma Tool, TOPS Knives Mini Tanimboca Puukko and Outdoor Edge MiniBlaze. CRKT’s CEO (page 34) is a slender Richard Rogers design with the go-to lock of many EDC folders: a linerlock. For a small EDC in damascus blade steel with a miniature tactical feel, the V Nives Killabite (page 28) fills the bill. The Mini Tanimboca Puukko (page 52) is a neck knife that doubles as a small bushcraft model thanks in part to its flat-back Scandi-ground blade. The Hogue Knives First Response Trauma Tool (page 44) is perhaps the most utilitarian in terms of EDC: a rescue knife. And finally, the Outdoor Edge MiniBlaze (page 72) is…

3 min.
edmund, fuzzie and covid

An irrepressible soul from the small burgh (population 368) of Goshen, Virginia, Edmund Davidson is known for his offeat personality and fixed blades in an integral construction that are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. Many call him “Fuzzie,” aka Fuzzie D, which is also the name he has given his ponytail and that he uses as a kind of third person reference to himself. Ergo, if you talk to Edmund, you also talk to Fuzzie—and vice versa. I know, kind of dubious, but it’s about the only way I know to put it. Anyhow, when word got out Edmund had contracted Covid-19, the reaction on social media was one of deep concern, and understandably so—especially when it turned out Edmund’s case was so serious they had to move him…

8 min.
fever pitch

While human temperatures ebb and flow thanks to the worldwide plague, the hottest custom makers’ hottest knives always remain at a fever pitch, including at press time in such genres as EDC, tactical, slippies, chef’s knives and more. “This past year, there was a big trend in the custom knife market toward knives that are designed for daily carry and use,” custom knife purveyor Daniel O’Malley of BladeGallery.com noted. “While many of us were stuck at home, others took the opportunity to go out into the wild for a solitary hike—even if this meant hiking through a local park. As a result, camp knives and hunters were a highlight.” Not only were they a highlight in 2020, they remain hot. O’Malley said the San Mai Viper in desert ironwood by CAS/the Sobral…

1 min.
[ the knife i carry ]

“I won’t leave home without my Combat Fighter by Forged in Fire champion Tyler Hackbarth. The 100-layer go-mai damascus is 1095/15N20 layered in nickel with a 416 stainless steel outer jacket. The handle consists of black G-10 liners with a 7,500-year-old ancient bog oak bolster and carbon fiber separated by turquoise truestone and nickel silver spacers. Tyler has this beast honed to a razor sharp edge. If I get into a situation that this knife won’t handle, then I’m in very deep trouble.” Ray Garbe, Menasha, Wisconsin “I carry a Bad Monkey from Southern Grind. It has the Emerson Wave Feature for one-hand opening. The twill-weave carbon fiber handle fits my hand like a glove. It’s a neat knife.” Lee Roy Simmons, a letter via e-mail “My EDC is the Shikra flipper folder by…

1 min.
win a knife!

Tell us what knife you carry. Add a little history or an anecdote. Try to include a photograph—if digital, at least 600 KB but no larger than 2 MB—of you with your knife. We will publish your comments in an upcoming “The Knife I Carry.” Your name will then be entered in a drawing to win a free, high-quality, namebrand knife. The drawing will be May 15. Mail to: BLADE®, 5600 W. Grande Market Dr., Ste. 100, Appleton, WI 54913, or e-mail steve@blademag.com. If you send your entry by e-mail, please include your physical mailing address in case you win the knife.…